GLOBALFOUNDRIES
2.3 of 5 271 reviews
www.globalfoundries.com Milpitas, CA 5000+ Employees

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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38% Approve of the CEO

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Sanjay K. Jha

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27% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Challenging

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLots of opportunity, Ambitious goals

ConsUnrealistic expectations, trying to do too much with too little

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow your people to succeed

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very Poor HR and People Relations

Professional (Current Employee)
Malta, NY

I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe company had real promise to open a niche in the industry, but to win required a strong sense of competitive drive throughout. That got lost.

ConsVirtually every HR function, policy and system is a failure. HR has done more to demotivate employees than anything else.

Advice to Senior ManagementRevamp HR and start over again- you have nothing to lose

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work?

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Malta, NY

I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time for more than a year

Pros2nd Foundry, great technology company

Consno work/life balance, company keep losing money

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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poor management

Process Engineer (Former Employee)
Malta, NY

I worked at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time for more than a year

Prosnot sure what to put here...

Consnegative atmosphere and poor management

Advice to Senior Managementtake some classes, read, learn how to manage.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Politics that makes Congress look good

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I worked at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTremendous potential in an industry that really wants the company to succeed. Great talent and strong financial backer provide all the right ingredients for success.

ConsExtremely divisive environment. Relentless execution problems have created a blame culture, political silos and a fat middle layer. Always on the back-foot and playing catch-up to the market leader.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very few useful trainings, no planned skill ramp-up, no documentation of key info

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Malta, NY

I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat Equipment, Advanced Nodes to work on, some great people

ConsNo emphasis on planned skill ramp-up of engineers.
Huge struggle to find documentation about key technical steps.
No clear definition of a group's goals, activities and key outputs.
Everyone is doing everything, lot of replicated efforts.
People want to do their job well but not make a good product.
Blame shifting happens a lot. Useless procedural formalities keep on piling up.

Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify and streamline procedures.
Don't force-pile Manufacturing SOP's on Tech-Dev people.
Try to get on the ground and get a sense of an engineer's day.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Contractor run

Facilities (Current Employee)
Malta, NY

I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time for more than a year

ProsDon't get hands dirty, Compressed work week.

ConsToo many poor managers, All technical work is given to contractors or vendors- we clean up after them.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you get out before, ATIC figures out your the ones that wasted their Billions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Potential wasted

Director (Current Employee)

I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time for more than a year

ProsGood people, equipment, experience and willingness to work hard.

ConsPoor management accountability, key players are coasting on big salary.

Advice to Senior ManagementCut manager and director title in half. Move 25% of existing engineers to night shift . Publish module specific goals.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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World Class Company!!!............NOT

Engineer (Current Employee)
Malta, NY

I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES full-time for more than a year

ProsMany different cultures under one roof, brand new offices (half vacant, ghost town), some of the most advanced technology in the world, top notch engineers/scientists/tech's in the industry (yet high attrition rates), pretty good salaries, slowly improving work culture, management is pretty understanding about personal life, strong position with "Apple vs Samsung" battle, and backed by oil-wealthy investors.

ConsNot only is the management extremely chaotic, but the chain of command is backwards too: The techs have ideas for how this place can really improve, the engineers are beyond busy in meetings all day long, the middle managements job is to hassle engineers about down tools, and we only hear from a VP if you are caught walking on the grass or if you're not inside the fab. There is way too much micromanagement. It seems every few weeks, direction changes causing wasted time on certain tasks. Mostly, this place is about conveying to outsiders a world class image by quickly cleaning/wiping tools prior to big guests arriving... engineers are used like janitors too often, big waste of time.

GF went with mature processes and Brand New work force, but they didn't ever consider actually training this Brand New work force: No Training, No Mentorship, No Guidance, but plenty of yelling, public humiliation during pass downs, long hours, burning-out (unnecessarily done), and all the phone calls you could ask for at 3am and the stress that comes with it. As soon as he/she gets another offer, they leave this place! But we all get the sense that attrition has also plagued the levels of top management from the conception of this company; perhaps too much shady business deals between ATIC/Abu-Dhabi and NYS caused this chaos?? On top of this, the singapore-style management doesn't seem to actually help-out, and only adds fuel to the stressful environment (seriously, what you did in your failed fab isn't going to eventually work elsewhere). The singapore-trained personnel (any person trained in Singapore, regardless of ethnic background) will argue and fight for the entire hour of a meeting, only to come to the same conclusion as the rest of us came to in the first 5 minutes (not all from the Singapore site, but too many of them). This entire formula of a work culture promotes self destruction; the simplest tasks are a nightmare to accomplish, and many people just sweep issues under the rug to avoid asian-style public humiliation, arguments, and even more micromanaging. Employee morale is very low, and the only employees that have a high opinion of this Fab are those that have never actually been inside the Fab!

There is a recognition that this place needs to drastically change, but you'd better not be the guy who speaks out... managers who have spoken out have been demoted, and people who speak out at Town Hall meetings have been seriously reprimanded by their boss. There is a culture at this place of "Just keep your mouth shut" and you can keep your job! Not really a shocker considering the value of human life in Abu-Dhabi. It took many many voices to finally get VP/management to recognize our need for tool-time vs cycle time to fix particle issues (although at the same time Upper Management complains about engineers not raising the yield enough).

Advice to Senior ManagementStop using engineers to clean the fab on a biweekly basis, this is a major waste of time. Just fix the air flow once and for all !! Employees can tell you our fabs problems; we don't need a big french guy to audit this place to tell you the same thing way too late! Hire more people, and end the micromanagement, public humiliation at passdowns, and continuous arguing amongst co-workers. Promote a work culture of "Working together" and "Helping each other" instead of "Finger-pointing" or passing the blame along. Finally, just grow a pair and tell the board at Abu-Dhabi the truth instead of being a yes-man.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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grin and bear it

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Prosstate of the art equipment

Constechnicians, engineers, managers are to perform only in those roles - no ideas passed up the change

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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